|The band often used this either as an encore or to open live shows
|Came about during a jam session. Tapes were rolling while the band
improvised on Little Richard's "Keep a Knockin'."
|Ian Stewart, the piano player and road manager for the Rolling
Stones, played the piano.
|Robert Plant wrote the lyrics, which were a response to critics who
claimed their previous album, Led Zeppelin III, wasn't really
Rock and Roll. Led Zeppelin III had more of an acoustic, Folk
sound, and Plant wanted to prove they could still rock out.
|Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones played this at Live Aid in
1985. It was the first time they played together since the death of John
Bonham in 1980. Tony Thompson and Phil Collins sat in for Bonham on
|Besides Live Aid, the remaining members of Led Zeppelin played this
on 2 other occasions. When Robert Plant's daughter Carmen turned 21 in
1989, they played it at her birthday party. They also played it at Jason
Bonham's wedding in 1990. Jason is John Bonham's son, and he sat in on
drums on both performances.
|This has been covered by many other artists, including Def Leppard
and Heart. In 2001, it was recorded by Double Trouble (Stevie Ray
Vaughan's backup band), for their 2001 album Been A Long Time.
Susan Tedeschi sang lead on the track.
|All 4 band members got writing credits for this. Many Zeppelin songs
are credited only to Page and Plant.
|The phrase "Rock and Roll" was a term Blues musicians used, which
|This was the first Led Zeppelin song used in a commercial. Cadillac
used it to kick off a new advertising campaign in 2002 with the tagline
"Breakthrough." The company was going for a hip, new image, since their
audience was slowly dying off. The spots aired for the first time on the
Super Bowl, and sales rose 16% the next year.